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  • Writer's pictureMary Smith

Thanet on the Silver Screen

Updated: Feb 4, 2022

Did you know that a brand new song by the Rolling Stones was released just a couple of weeks ago? If you watch the innovative video made to accompany Living in a Ghost Town you might just notice Margate high street. A quick snapshot of the colourfully-refurbished shopping complex The Centre features in a montage of deserted lockdown streets across the globe. Blink and you'll miss it, but we are proud nonetheless!

The Rolling Stones aren't the first people to use an Isle of Thanet location for a cinematic backdrop. Going by just how popular this area is for film production, they won't be the last. Often it is the coastal landscapes and seaside ambience that draws film-makers here. Big skies, dramatic cloudscapes, tall cliffs, ethereal light, wide sandy beaches, stunning sunrises and sunsets - the very same things that holiday-makers come for!

Many a music video has been produced on sublime Botany Bay. With its windswept, out-of-the way feel and folklore stories of smugglers past, it has an enchanting draw. Bat For Lashes shot the entire video for All Your Gold down on Botany Bay, to great effect. The likes of Emile Sande and Shawn Mendes amongst others have also been tempted by by the charms of Botany Bay. Most recently, Foals shot a stunning video for their latest release Neptune. It is incredibly beautiful and captures the true essence of Botany Bay's magic

As for TV, Thanet locals now consider it a sport being able to spot the latest programmes where Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate make an appearance. Eastenders spent a couple of days filming here back in 2015, in a Danny Dyer family storyline. Locations included Ramsgate Harbour, Morelli's ice-cream parlour and also Broadstairs' Viking Bay with its cheerful beach huts.

Viking Bay rose to the challenge beautifully when it hosted two of the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year heats in the summer of 2018. Extensive filming took place amongst the beachgoers, treating viewers to all the traditional fun of the quintessential British seaside. The weather was fantastic too!

Margate's fantastic seafront is not to be left out of course. The King of Thieves film crew shot a pivotal Michael Caine scene on the historic stone pier. Naturally there was quite the buzz in Margate when film royalty no less arrived on the set! Watch the scene in question and you'll get a fantastic panorama of the whole colourful seafront in the sunshine.

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The Isle of Thanet has some undeniably beautiful landscapes, so many film makers can't be wrong. Broadstairs Apartments are waiting for when you can come and see for yourself. Whether it's off the beaten track chalk-lined bays or bucket-and-spade sandy beaches, our wonderful area has plenty of both to enjoy. Based in central Broadstairs, our luxury accommodation affords you easy access to all the stunning coastal backdrops you could want on holiday. Don't forget your camera! Broadstairs Apartments also welcomes film industry group booking enquiries for location working. #botanybaybroadstairs #vikingbaybroadstairs #margate #ramsgate #isleofthanet #thanetfilmlocations #broadstairsapartments #luxuryaccommodation #kingofthieves #landscapeartistoftheyear #eastenders #foals #batforlashes #rollingstones

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